London Fat Duck
Let's just get down to the food at London Fat Duck shall we? I don't think there's a need to go on at length about who brought this in, or how it compares with Four Seasons (the answer is clear, the Bayswater one in London wasn't even good), or that LFD is not even from London, or any of those details that distract us from the food.
About LFD's Signature Roast Duck ($48.80 for whole, $26 for half, $12.80 for regular). Wagyu of Duck they are named because these Irish ducks are treated like the black cows in Japan. Do not expect the same marbling, though they do have a very thick layer of fats between their meat and skin. The skin was delightfully crisp the first time i had it but there seems to be a lack of consistency in the standard during my repeat visit. What didn't make me too happy was also the lack of meat. There're simply too much fats and bones going on. Next time i'm just gonna order a drumstick each instead of a half or whole duck.
The Char Siew ($14.80) and Pork Belly ($13.80 for 9 cubes) were quite decent in fact. Expect meaty char siew with a nice caramelized exterior and a thin but crispy crackling on the latter. Our grubs? The portions are pathetic.
Perhaps LFD is rationing their meat, because all i got was skin, fat, and sauce in their highly raved about Black Pepper Duck Bun and Snow Buns ($4.80 for 3).
There are things that i'd go back to London Fat Duck for, and that is their London Duck Dumpling ($12.80) which is made in limited quantity (only 40 pcs a day), and the Signature Steamed Chee Cheong Fun ($5.80). The glutinous rice was simply divine even though there wasn't much duck meat (AGAIN).
LFD is great for a quick and affordable Chinese meal, provided you don't have to queue for it. It kinda reminds me of Crystal Jade when they first started. The crunchy thin Hong Kong egg noodles make for a simple but satisfying one dish meal (as long as you don't order the high blood pressure inducing Minced Pork Dry Noodles). Roast duck or BBQ pork are great options ($7.80 per plate).
Overall, hits and misses but there are dishes worth going back to London Fat Duck for. As for the Wagyu Duck.. well, let's just say that it's a gimmick.
London Fat Duck
6 Scotts Road #B1-16/17 Scotts Square Singapore 228209 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6443 7866
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH)